iti tasya vacaḥ śrutvā
trayas te vibudharṣabhāḥ
pratyāhuḥ ślakṣṇayā vācā
prahasya tam ṛṣiṁ prabho
maitreyaḥ uvāca — the sage Maitreya said; iti — thus; tasya — his; vacaḥ — words; śrutvā — after hearing; trayaḥ te — all three; vibudha — demigods; ṛṣabhāḥ — chiefs; pratyāhuḥ — replied; ślakṣṇayā — gentle; vācā — voices; prahasya — smiling; tam — unto him; ṛṣim — the great sage; prabho — O mighty one.
The great sage Maitreya continued: Upon hearing Atri Muni speak in that way, the three great deities smiled, and they replied in the following sweet words.